I remember during the ATL tour there was a bit of disappointment at alt.music.sonic-youth initially because sy was playing only ATL songs+ death valley 69. I recall someone at a.m.sy saying smth like yo guys wait, last time sy did this was during the daydream nation tour. I really feel like ATL is the 2nd zenith of their discography, along with DD.
ATL is also a culmination of the initial wave of SYR improvs and whatnot. Truely engaging shit.
I saw them live in 98, and it was absolutely a tour de force situation.
Actually it's the last sy record that I loved. Stuff after nycgf is bland for my taste.